Four years ago, during a thunderstorm in the middle of the night, I heard transformers around our house blowing - pretty normal in our neighborhood, during a storm. Then I saw a bright light flash outside the window, and heard our electric garage door open. I woke up my husband, thinking maybe we had been hit by lightning. We investigated but couldn't find any obvious damage. But we did find that half of our power outlets didn't have power. Then we heard one more transformer blow, and we lost the rest of our power. Now fast-forward to last night. A windstorm hit about midnight. I'm a light sleeper, so I was wide awake, listening to the storm. Then I again heard transformers start blowing. I sat up, and saw a bright light outside our window. But it wasn't just a flash - it was a steady white, very bright light. It lasted about 4 seconds. There was some popping noises. OK, now comes the weird part. The corner of the bedroom started glowing red-orange. I was absolutely startled - there's nothing in that corner but a pillow and a ficus tree. It had gone out by the time I could get out of bed - no noise at all. It lasted maybe 2 to 3 seconds. There was no charring, no smell either. I never saw the source of the light. And like the first incident 4 years ago, half of our digital clocks were flashing, so they had momentarily lost power. But only half throughout the house. Our house is on the middle of a slope, with houses above and below it. It's a newer neighborhood with utilities underground. The first incident, none of our neighbors noticed anything (guess they aren't light sleepers -- lucky!). I haven't yet talked to any neighbors about last night. So - what the heck is going on? What could cause half the power in our house to go out? Would lightning cause an electric garage door to open? But mostly, what in the world was that red-orange light?!?